Biman Bangladesh Airlines authorities have declared its services essentials and suspended all trade union activities in a desperate move to bring order and discipline in the struggling national flag carrier.
The Labour and Employment Ministry on March 20 issued a gazette notification saying that all associations of Biman employees will be penalised if they try to enforce any programme like strike or cease-work.
The order will remain in effect for six months, Shakil Meraj, general manager (public relations) of Biman, told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.
He added that the order was aimed at keeping the state-run airlines’ services away from disruptions and would limit some activities of the trade unions.
The government brought the Biman employees' jobs under essential services in line with the Essential Services Ordinance -1958.